“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I’ve been seeing this book around the book blogging community for weeks now and I’ve heard nothing but good things. I was first interested in the cover, both because there’s an Indian girl on the cover and because of the iced coffee photo. I was a barista for 8 years, so it just caught my eye that this was the cover photo.
I’m not usually huge on romance in YA, for multiple reasons, but mostly because it tends to fall into very specific tropes: Insta-Love, hate-to-love, etc. When Dimple Met Rishi seems like it might break out of those tropes, in that the description is already unique: it’s about arranged marriage and parental pressure on romance.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m trying to read more diverse books this year; I realize that my perspective is incredibly limited by race, class background, etc. This book seems like a great edition to my TBR because it will give me a view into a different culture from my own. Plus, summer is the perfect time for cute contemporaries, whether they’re romances or not.
Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi already? Or are you just as excited as I am? Let me know in the comments – and link me to your review if you have one!